Motorola Moto E: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on May 10, 2021

Hey guys Mike here the Detroit pork with a look at the very inexpensive motorola moto e this retails for $129 off-contract this is sold globally runs on 3G networks not LTE has a 4.3 inch LCD display with a resolution of 540 by 960 which is good for 256 pixels per inch this is also powered by a Snapdragon 200 processor which is a dual-core clocked at 1.2 gigahertz that's a cortex a7 we also have one gig of ram and an adrenal 302 graphics processor now we only have four gigs of internal storage but you do get an SD card slot which is expandable up to 32 gigs now this is running the latest

Version of Android 4.4.2 but it has pretty much feature phone pricing so it's a very inexpensive phone with the capabilities of the most modern version of Android so let's get into this packaging and take a look now this is available in white or black it also comes available with these smart not smart shells but Moto e shells so you can change the back color and I'll show you exactly how to do this when we take a look at it now those shells are only 15 dollars so that's a fairly inexpensive accessory so there we go I have the white version which comes with

A white faceplate a white bezel and a white backplate which again you can change out now in terms of accessories there really isn't much I just have a charger although I think there are versions that are sold with headphones mine didn't come with them so this is a fixed charger actually I'm not going to take it out here but it's just a USB charger you can't remove the cable so it's a micro USB charging cable I assume it's color matched to whatever version you've got so I have the white for the white phone you probably get a black one with the black phone in terms of

Paperwork we have our safety warranty and regulatory information we also have a Quick Start Guide and English and then we have one in Spanish alright so let's take a look at the design of the Moto e which is running a fairly stock version of Android with a few Motorola tweaks which we'll explore here but again we have that 4.3 inch LCD display which isn't terribly bright and the off access viewing angles aren't great so you can see they kind of lose color here this is not as good as the Moto G for example now if we look at the back we have this nice curved back panel which is very

Familiar territory for the to roll the phones the Moto X and the Moto G pretty much have the same design characteristic with that kind of Paul mobile design very nice-looking along the back you can see we even have that curve toward the top where the headphone jack is along with a microphone now on the back you'll find our camera module which is recessed now unfortunately what that recess it does tend to collect dust as you probably can see here so you have to keep that clean but again that's a 5 megapixel rear facing camera with a fixed focus lens there is no autofocus

In here also missing is an LED flash so again no LED flash with the Moto e while the Moto G and of course the Model X get one now you also find this characteristic Motorola branding that is in that sort of dimple design toward the back here so it gives you something to kind of place your finger on to orientate your phone with now the bottom of the phone will find a microUSB charging port not much along the left-hand side here toward the top will find a headphone jack and microphone and toward the right hand side will find a sleep-wake power on and

Off button along with a volume rocker as you can see here they are chromed now these are kind of mushy buttons they're not the most tactile buttons in the world and part of the problem actually lies with the design of the edge of the phone so as you can see here kind of angles toward the display and when you reach around to operate these buttons there's actually a bit of a barrier here toward the back of the phone from operating these controls so they're a little less tactile than I'd like to see now those chrome details are picked up on the front of the phone with

A chrome 2 earpiece and chrome 2 loudspeaker a lot of times actually mistake this for a home button out of instinct but that is just a loudspeaker it is covered in this chrome piece possibly to resist dust but also it gives you this nice wide speaker so you don't accidentally cover the speaker when you're holding it which is quite nice and again it's very nice they have a front facing speaker instead of a rear facing or side firing speaker so it's quite loud and at least faces the user as opposed to what most phones do so you can see we also have these on-screen

Android keys which are translucent so you can see the wallpaper through it but of course not all apps take advantage of that so when you open up most apps they will give you that black bar which takes up some of the screen real estate now toward the top again we'll find our earpiece that is also Chrome similar to the lots figure at the bottom we also have an ambient light sensor and proximity sensor but there is no front-facing camera there's only one camera that's on the back of the phone now they didn't retain this white LED

Notification light as you can see here which is invisible until lit now if you're wondering these two speakers are not stereo speakers this is the last speaker that is the earpiece these do not operate as stereo speakers like you might see on the ACC One m8 or the Sony Xperia z2 all right so it's going to take a look at the user interface again we're running Android 4.4.2 so the lockscreen you can swipe up from the bottom to get to Google now really quickly you can also swipe to the left to launch the camera app again this is very similar to a stock Android

Experience will explore the camera app a bit later you have your drop-down notification shade again very similar to stock Android with your expandable notifications you can also clear them all or jump right to your quick settings now the quick settings are basically toggles here they'll take you either to the control panel or they'll take you to external controls like your brightness slider right here now you can see we do have auto mode because we do have an ambient light sensor I can also use a two-finger gesture to get to those controls and if you want to jump to your

Full settings panel you can do so right here in terms of our Android keys we have our home but we can also tap and hold to get to Google now takes us to Google now and then we can say ok Google is it going to rain tomorrow in Chicago no rain is not expected tomorrow in Chicago now we also have our recent apps button again very familiar to stock Android you do not have a clear all option here but you can swipe them out of the way to close them or launch them directly like so now in terms of home screens they've given us five fixed home screens you can tap and hold anywhere on

The home screens to get to your wallpaper editor you have this Google widget which is always present now you can't say ok Google to activate it you do have to press it now if you tap and hold the power button you have the option to power off select airplane mode mute it vibrate or turn on the sound now if you look at the after it's pretty much the stock Android experience so we have tabs for apps and widgets and we can also swipe through them we also have a shortcut to the Google Play Store now the app selection is pretty much all Google so we've mostly Google apps in

Here with a few Motorola apps so the Motorola apps include alert assist we also have an FM radio tuner built in we have a help support document we also have a dedicated SMS messaging app of course you can use hangouts for that purpose if you prefer and then we have motor world of migrate so let's talk about some of these apps now the alert app is new with the Moto e and the Moto G with LTE basically this is an app that allows you to share your location with designated emergency contacts so for example if you hit this emergency button it will sound an alarm and send a text

Message to predetermine contacts to let you know that you need help and that will tell them your location now Motorola Assist is basically a Do Not Disturb feature so as you can see here we have meeting mode and sleeping mode now sleeping mode is pretty basic so during certain times of day you can mute your phone so if you select silence now you can select specific times a day so for example if you go to bed at 11:00 p.m. and wake up at 6:00 a.m. this will automatically mute your phone so you don't receive notifications but you can specify certain contacts that can break

Through that do not disturb feature so you can add favorites or if somebody tries to call twice it will break through now we also have meeting mode which will silence the phone if it sees on your calendar that you're in a meeting so for example if you select silence here you can modify this behavior here so you can silence all notifications and vibrations you can allow vibrations only allow certain calls to come in or if somebody calls twice you also have all the reply options so you have one canned message but you can go ahead and edit this

Message if you prefer in and again if you're in meeting mode it will automatically send an auto reply to that contact who's trying to reach you now we also have the FM radio now the FM radio is pretty basic but you do have to connect a set of headphones to act as your antenna now as you can see here it has already scanned my channels my local channels and found all my stronger signals so I can see that I can select one of my radio stations here I can stop it and play it so it does cue the music for you he also select specific stations if you want them to be your favorite in

You can go to your favorites right there again it's kind of nice to have now we also have Motorola migrate which allows you to migrate from either an Android phone or an iPhone so if you have an iPhone click Next here basically what you do is log into your iCloud account so plugs into your iCloud account and downloads all your calendar events and contacts to your phone and of course we have a full suite of Google apps to give you a full featured experience we have a calculator a calendar we have the email app and Gmail app Google search Google Drive for cloud storage we have the

Chrome browser and the clock as well as downloads we have a gallery app as well as the Photos app which works with google plus we have the Google Plus app search a hangouts for SMS and hangout messages we have Google Maps for navigation we have our contacts our phone dialer which is close to stock although slightly different we all set play books games movies TVs music and play newsstand for periodicals we have the Play Store and Quick Office for creating or viewing documents either in Word Excel or PowerPoint now the settings panel is pretty close to stock

So you have your Wi-Fi controls you have your Bluetooth settings so of course you can enable bluetooth to use Bluetooth headsets or sync this to your car under more you have your airplane mode default SMS app so you can select your default app if you prefer you can go with the one that Motorola includes or Google's hangouts tethering and portable hotspot in VPN mobile networks mobile plan as well as emergency alerts which is where you can control these as you can see I have them all checked on in fact they were all on by default now under sound again it's pretty close to stock but

They have added audio effects which is an equaliser this is Motorola's contribution to this panel so you can see we have wired stereo and our speaker so for example you can select your profile here 3d stereo was to the defaulted one you also have home theater live stage and custom if you go to custom you can also select your surrounding out from wide to live to ambient or off same with your equalizers here you have lots of equalizer options now you can't manually adjust these also under speaker you have a few options here extreme bass bass punch balance

Brilliant treble vocalizer or off you also have your volume controls you can independently control your vibes this is not readily available from the vine controller so you can't press this and get to standing G actually have to go to the Settings panel to get to this so you can see you can modify ringtones the music video games and other media as well as your alarm settings now I think the Motorola phone ringtone is kind of obnoxious you can see this is the default ringtone and of course you can select others under display you have a standard array of settings such as your

Brightness controls your wallpaper all the rotates screen on or off you also have your sleep time daydream mode which you can toggle can change exactly what you want whether you want the clock colors Google photos the photo frame photo table etc you also have your font size so you can adjust font size you also you also have the pulse notification light which you can turn off and you can cast your screen using the chromecast device now in terms of storage there isn't much again there's four gigs of storage in here but you really only have access to 2.21 gigs

Of that the rest is for the system so you can see you're probably going to need to add an SD card i've only downloaded a couple of apps and taken a few photos and videos here so you can see i've already nearly maxed out now we also have motorola device idea which uses your google account for motorola services in this case we have moto care tips and lost phone web portals I'm using my Google account to track down this phone so if it's lost or stolen I can lock it or erase it or GPS located using the web portal and of course we have our accounts information so we can

Add additional accounts we have date and time accessibility we have a printing options again 4.4 does support printing if we go to about this phone again you can see Android version 4.4.2 kitkat now let's take a look at Motorola's camera app which is pretty basic again we don't have all the focus in here so you tap anywhere on the screen and it snaps the photo for you you can zoom in and out by swiping up or down with one finger you can record video by going up here you can also zoom in and out while recording video like so you can pause recording and then resume it and then you can stop

It right up here now you can swipe in from the left edge to get to your settings so as you can see here we have HDR which you can set to auto on or off you also have the option to control your exposure with this utility so when you have this enabled you can move this around to adjust your exposure to whatever point you want to adjust to so for example darker up here or AB lighter right there and then you just tap to take your photograph now when you're done with that you can toggle that off you also have panorama mode which you can turn on you have geolocation which I

Have turned on already now if you have an SD card slot you can change your storage to the SD card slot by selecting that controller here you can also change this from 4 by 3 to 16 by 9 but 4 by 3 gives you the higher resolution you also have the option to turn off your shutter sound and when you're done taking your photos you can swipe to the left to get to your gallery now of course with a lower price point you get lower specs with lower specs you get lower performance and the Moto e obviously is at the bottom here below the Moto G at least on

The multi-core score while the single core score is very close and of course well below the Moto X across-the-board now let's briefly compare the Moto e to the millage e to the Moto X the Moto X is a 4.7 display much higher resolution this has an OLED displays one of the better OLED displays I've used it's very bright and clean it's not as bluish as a lot of all that displays tend to be again this is more edge to edge so there's a little less bezel here so it's a little more screen a little less device in the way the Mali is a relatively bulky compared to its display

Size the Moto G is 4.5 inches so it is a larger display over a very similar footprint as well now the Moto e has a larger although lower resolution display than the iPhone 4.3 inches versus 4-inch this has a pixel density of 326 this has a pixel density of 256 it's also a much dimmer display more yellow display also doesn't look as good off access as the iPhone so there's a huge difference in display quality but you can see it's larger but the good thing here is that it's not substantially larger than the iPhone in terms of its footprint it's a much thicker phone but you can see

There's less bezel surrounding the display than there is on the iPhone now the iPhone is much narrower than the Moto e as you can see here so it's a little more comfortable to grip in your hand even though the bezels at the top and bottom are taller now as I said the back cover is removable and you have these multicolored shells which you can purchase separately for $15 each let's go ahead and pop off the back shell to show you this it's kind of difficult sometimes to get this one off it's a little more rigid than the one on the Moto G now with the back cover removed

We can see we have a sealed in battery this is a 1980 milliamp hour battery as you can see here we even have our motorola dimple still there now this is where we access our micro SD card slot and SIM tray this is a micro sim as you can see I already have a sim inserted now you can see there clearly marked and spring-loaded now let's go ahead and pop open this cover accessory here alright so I'm going to try and remove this piece of paper here now the cover is really thin but it's very rigid thanks to its design so let's go on and snap this into place so there we go we have a

Two toned moto e white and blue which I is a nice combination now in terms of fit and finish I do notice that the top of the case tends to kind of rattle when you tap it so it feels a little looser than I would like to see this is true of the included white case as well seems to be more rigid toward the bottom than toward the top so let's talk about these strengths and weaknesses of the Moto e and I think the biggest strengths here is going to be pricing 129 dollars off contract get you an Android phone that's running the latest version of Android that's nearly stock on one of the best

Displays at this price point most phones at this price are running an old version of Android that's heavily skinned on a lower quality displays it also has that surprisingly good loud front facing speaker which makes a big difference here most speakers are facing toward the rear or toward the edge and even if it may not be louder than those speakers the fact that's facing the user makes a big impact I'm also pretty impressed by the battery life I'm able to get at least nine hours I love heavy use on this phone while reviewing it and that's thanks to the fact that it's running

Fairly old hardware so we have a snapdragon 200 processor which is not terribly demanding we also have the dimmer smaller display which again doesn't suck a lot of power from the battery and then we have 3g instead of LTE which is also kinder to the battery now in terms of weaknesses I think the biggest one for me is the display I think the display is sharp enough 256 pixels per inch I have no issue with the resolution again it's one of the higher resolution displays at this price point but the quality of the display is the issue I have it's kind of dim it's kind

Of yellow it has pretty terrible off excess viewing so I'm constantly trying to increase the brightness of the display because it just can't keep up with something like the Moto G or the iPhone or that sort of thing but again of course pricing and battery life are affected by those things now of course the other big weakness here is the camera or the one camera that's on the back that's a five megapixel fixed-focus camera which produces pretty decent images in bright sunlight conditions outdoors with plenty of distance between you and the subject but it's pretty hard

To get sharp images if the images are if the subject is close to you or if the subject is in low-light color saturation is also pretty low and when you're in low light conditions the frame rates really drop especially on video and when you're taking photos and low-light conditions the frame rate of the camera is so low that's pretty hard to get a sharp image out so definitely a mediocre camera and then we have no front-facing camera so a lot of apps can take advantage of that front-facing camera now especially chat apps and that's not available at all now

The other issue is performance and storage now we're running a stock version of Android which is pretty decent but you still know some frame dropping and performance issues you're going to do a lot of maintenance in terms of killing background apps to free up that one gig of ram but otherwise I found performance to be pretty decent but that wasn't my experience initially actually found the keyboard to be very laggy apps were slow to launch but over time it seems performance improved now the other issue is storage you only have four gigs of internal storage only two

Gigs are available to the user which doesn't leave a lot of room for photos videos as well as apps and of course if you want to expand storage you're gonna have to factor that into the cost of the phone I think is pretty easy for a lot of people to dismiss the Moto e when the Moto G is only $50 more now for me I think that's the case I think I would recommend the Moto G app a hard time recommending the Moto e but the Moto e $50 cheaper get you the option to expand storage so although you only have four gigs at least you can expand storage which you can't in the baseline Moto G

The Moto G comes with a much better five megapixel camera with all the focusing and an LED flash and a front facing camera also has a 4.5 inch display with a pixel density of 326 that display is much higher quality with great effects is feeling much brighter and much more accurate colors but of course $50 is a lot of money to a lot of people and with the Moto e you get a very similar experience you get very similar software experience you just give up some features that may or may not be important to some users so in the end I think the Moto e is a great value

Especially if you're in the market for a very low-end smartphone that runs the latest version of Android you really can't beat it so that's going to do for me in this video thanks for watching and I'll see you again in

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